- Publisher: University of Hawaii Press; Second edition (March 4, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 082483108X
- ISBN-13: 978-0824831080
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
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Reference Map of Oceania: The Pacific Islands of Micronesia, Polynesia, and Melanesia Map – Folded Map, March 4, 2009
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for very small islands, and there were several tiny islands we went to, in Papua New Guinea's Louisiade Archipelago, which were barely indicated on the map (by a tiny dot) or not at all. I think I'd almost need a detailed atlas for getting those on a map.
I am not sure that such an atlas even exists.
I was on a National Geographic expedition to the region (its first to these specific islands) and even the maps in the ship library had very little detail, although the islands were shown.
I think that for most purposes, this map would be just fine. I like the way it groups islands together according to which nation they belong to, by using a line border around nation-groups. This map makes the region more easy to understand politically.
The main map itself shows the entire South Pacific region, with country boundaries clearly marked, but individual islands reduced to the size of dots.
Major islands are shown on inset maps, however even these are still tiny - you will find bigger, more detailed, and more accurate maps of the same islands (and many more) in travel guidebooks to this region by Lonely Planet or Moon.
In short, unless you just want a general map to hang on your wall, don't waste your money on this one!